Mobilized Maps: Engaging a Crowd in a Reporting Project (rescheduled)

This is a session on mobilizing crowds for mapping projects. That was my job at the public radio station here, WNYC, starting 5 years ago, when we got hundreds of radio listeners to report on the prices of goods at their local groceries to see if they were being gouged. This year, we got listeners to report on the first major snow storm of the winter when the city was slow to clear the streets. And last month, we got people to submit their favorite bird-watching spot in the city (along with what they last saw), which we did with The New York Times.

Here are links to the mapping projects:

WNYC Snow Map

WNYC/New York Times Bird Map

Are You Being Gouged: Crowdsourcing Food Prices in NYC